Traffic tickets issued in Denver have plunged 31 percent since 1998, paralleling a sharp drop in city arrests, reports the Rocky Mountain News. “That’s amazing,” said Joseph Sandoval, a member of Denver’s Police Citizen Oversight Board. “Traffic safety is of paramount concern to all of us.”
City arrests are down 35 percent overall since 1998, while DUI arrests have plummeted by 50 percent, according to the department’s figures. Denver’s city council president called for a performance audit of the department to determine the reasons for the slowdown in police activity. Sandoval said poor morale – the reason many officers give for the decline in arrests and tickets – cannot alone explain what is happening. Police Union President Mike Mosco said the city has too few officers.